-1 million people in North America have an ostomy
-Up to 80% experience peristomal complications
-Majority are urostomy and ileostomy patients
The skin around the stoma* is called the peristomal skin and should be intact and free of injury. Some common peristomal complications that patients may experience are: mechanical injury, moisture-associated skin damage, fungal infection and allergic contact dermatitis. Complications can cause pain, burning, ulcerations, skin loss, maceration and may prevent the appliance from adhering, leading to more frequent pouch changes and further peristomal complication.
Keep the wound covered and warm!
Exposure to room temperature air and wound cleansing solutions stored at room temperature, can slow wound healing. Wounds heal best at normal core body temperature with body surface temperatures between 33Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°C and 42Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°C. Below 33Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â°C , the cells needed for wound healing decrease in activity.
At the end of 2014, the Joint Commission enhanced the Provision of Care, Treatment and Services Standard PC.01.02.07 addressing the need for assessment and management of pain. It also notes the use of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures to assist in pain management. Among situations in which pain management can be difficult, patients with wounds present a particular challenge.
"There's no place like home, there's no place like home..." So declared Dorothy, the iconic central character in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz."
For many seniors today, that mantra couldn't ring more true.
Fact is, more and more of them are choosing their own homes, vs. retirement and nursing facilities, as the preferred place to grow old gracefully. This trend is reflected in a recent Bloomberg study that reveals a marked decline in nursing and retirement home spending - despite a substantial increase of over-65 Americans. They now comprise nearly 19 percent of the population.